Sussex County

Sussex County

Amateur Swimming Association


Parent Seminar: Supporting Age Group swimmers to success.

Overview of seminar content:

Being the parent of a swimmer involves a considerable amount of commitment and sacrifice. It involves early mornings, hot poolsides, wet towels, multiple journeys to and from the pool, sacrifice of family holidays, negotiating with schools over homework and demands from the club and coaches. It also involves a desire for the swimmer in the family to be happy and successful.

However, whilst the swimmers are provided with many of the skills required to train and compete, parents are often expected to know how to support a budding athlete with little assistance in how to do this – happiness and success do not always fit well together in the journey to being an elite swimmer.

This seminar, led by Dr Karen Howells, is designed to address some of the issues that are common in Age Group competitive swimming and to provide you with some strategies to help support your son or daughter at the start of their journey into the realm of high level swimming.

We will question notions of success, explore some common issues that occur in age group training and competition and provide an opportunity to ask questions.

When and where:                25 February @K2

(the seminar on 24 February is now booked out)

The seminars will start at the beginning of the lunch time interval and will last approx 1hour.

These session are not open to Age-Group swimmers competing at the Championships – you want to have some secrets!

Please note: Space is limited to 50 people per seminar. So that as many swimmers as possible can benefit from these session we are asking that only one parent attends.

Dr Karen Howells PhD, CPsychol, SFHEA

Karen is a Chartered Sport Psychologist who specialises in competitive swimming and who has delivered psychological skills training to swimmers, Masters swimmers and coaches at ASA county and regional levels and to swimmers on the Swim England and British Swimming talent development pathways.

Read more about Karen’s academic work.